A ten-year-old boy from Sutton Bridge is one of the first volunteers in the area to take the ‘hair-oic’ Brave to Shave challenge and raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Joshua Missin was with his family on the way to Heacham beach in Norfolk when an advert came on the radio encouraging people to stand proud with those who lose their hair through treatment for cancer.
Mum Robyn Missin
Mum Robyn said: “I thought it might be something his six-year-old brother Alfie might do because he’s always up for things, but Joshua said ‘I’ll do it’.
“It’s a huge thing for him because he’s a lot more reserved and self-consious, but he is very aware about what it’s all about because his auntie had treatment for cancer and lost all her hair and he saw it grow back.
“He’s worried he won’t be able to raise enough money but I’ve told him what he raises will be added to what other people raise and that will help to save lives.
“He said ‘that’s what I want to do, save lives’ – I’m so proud of him.”
Joshua, who attends Westmere Community Primary School in Sutton Bridge, is already promoting the cancer awareness by wearing the Cancer Research website address on a plaster cast after breaking his arm.
Robyn said: “He broke his arm last week and insisted on having a pink plaster cast with the breast cancer awareness ribbon and website on it.
“It really is a brave thing to do”.
The headshave will be done by Megan Russell at Bella Capelli hairdressers in Sutton Bridge on Wednesday, July 29. Anyone who would like to sponsor Joshua can visit https://bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/joshua-missin/
The Brave to Shave campaign runs through August and money raised helps Macmillan Cancer Support be there for people with cancer and their families.
Macmillan supporters help with anything from money worries and advice about work, to listening when people just want to talk or have difficult questions.
Just £10 could help someone that has been newly diagnosed with cancer access the vital support available to them.
A donation of £20 could pay for a Macmillan nurse to spend a full hour helping someone who desperately needs them.
Anyone who raises £200 from the shave will pay for a whole day of essential support.
If you would like to take part in the challenge, sign up by visiting www.bravetheshave.org.uk/join/